More cancer patients than ever are surviving intensive cancer treatments. The mental and physical impact of cancer does not disappear when treatments are done and yet we stop providing any treatment. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, and financial challenges as a result of their diagnosis.
Our retreats offer a place for survivors to unplug and unwind in order to focus on what matters most in their lives. The retreats also offer practical, research-based health behaviour counselling on physical activity, nutrition, stress and sleep to help prevent secondary disease, recurrence, and aid long-term effects of treatment to help survivors make the best of the rest of their lives.
“Spending time in the outdoors can help a person with cancer truly come to his or her senses and feel restored and grounded again through the quiet, transformative big medicine of the natural world.” — Dr. David Victorson, Dept of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
Knight’s Cabin retreats will both provide information and explore practical skills on living well beyond cancer, focusing on physical activity, nutrition, and stress and sleep management workshops. Health behaviour programming at the retreat is practical and based on the latest research.
During the weekend there will be guided hikes, yoga, and classes on nutrition, meal preparation sessions, stress and sleep management techniques. Guests will have an opportunity to take the time to rest, reflect, and refocus on their health.
“Following treatment, I knew I was fine physically, however, attending a retreat for young adult cancer patients helped me to heal my heart, and resolve wounds that I did not realize even existed. In order to attend a retreat, I had to travel out of province. Having a facility in Alberta, for Albertan’s is a monumental step towards providing great psychosocial supports to cancer patients, survivors and their families.” — Ashley Rose, Cancer Survivor
WHAT: A weekend retreat with programming focused on instilling positive health behaviours specific to people who have survived cancer.
WHO: This opportunity is open to adult cancer survivors (age 18+) and a support person. Guests of the retreat may still be on treatment but must be deemed medically stable and will require the consent of their physician and our organization.
Note: Patients on active chemotherapy will not be able to attend the retreat due to immunosuppression. Please contact Lisa at email@example.com if you have any specific questions.
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COST: The retreat is held at no cost to survivors and their supporters. There is a $100 deposit (payable by cheque only) to hold your place in the retreat that will be returned at the end of the retreat weekend.
- A survivor may bring with them one close supporter who has been with them throughout their cancer journey. Survivors and supporters share a room.
- Each participant is responsible for their travel to and from the retreat.
- Additional medical and informational forms will be sent to you following our receipt of your application.
APPLICATIONS for the April 2019 retreat at the Banff Centre are now closed.
Due to overwhelming responses, we are unable to host all applicants from the large number of applications we receive. All applicants will be informed in early 2019 what the status of their application is, given the holiday season.
If you did not have a chance to apply for this retreat, check back to this page or sign up for our emails to be notified when applications for our next retreat are released.
If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.